Match Preview: Tottenham vs Stoke City

Tottenham welcome Stoke City to White Hart Lane as the Lilywhites look to turn around their recent Europa League exit with a win. The last time these two met at the bet365 Stadium, Spurs came out on top with an emphatic 4-0 victory. Heung-Min Son stole the headlines with a tidy brace, which included a rather spectacular strike to kill off the game. Tottenham will be looking to regain second place and keep the pressure up on London rivals Chelsea, whereas Stoke are still sniffing around Europa League territory. A win would take Spurs second in the league, leapfrogging Manchester City (who’d have a game in hand) so if Tottenham wants to solidify a prestigious top four spot, it’s a must win for Pochettino’s men.


Team News

Danny Rose will still be sidelined with his injury against Sunderland a few weeks back, damaging ligaments in his knee. It looks a like for like swap as Welsh international Ben Davies will replace the Englishman in the side, till he returns fully fit. The status of Erik Lamela is still unknown as the Argentine is suffering from that hip injury, which has kept him out the side for several months now.

Stoke City keeper Jack Butland is moving closer to full fitness, but will not be ready for when the two sides play. Attackers Xherdan Shaqiri, Jonothan Walters and Sadio Berahino are back in contention to start as the Potters attacking woes look to be fixed. American centre-half Geoff Cameron is still doubtful for Mark Hughes.

Predicted XI’s

Tottenham- Lloris; Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Wanyama; Dele Alli, Kane, Eriksen. (3-4-3)

Stoke- Grant; Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula; Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic; Crouch. (4-2-3-1)

Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Stoke City

Spurs will bounce back after a disappointing exit in the Europa League, scoring three goals past the Potters. Thier defensive record isn’t the greatest and talisman Harry Kane will certainly get a sniff in around goal (when doesn’t he?). Don’t get me wrong, Stoke will make it difficult for us, but I reckon the willpower we possess in attack will be too much to handle. They have a threat going forward with Arnautovic and Shaqiri occupying the flanks, so our defence must be fully prepared. My only worry is Ben Davies’ potential match-up with tricky winger Shaqiri. He lacks pace which is one of Shaqiri’s best attributes, and can cause havoc down the right-hand flank if he’s on his A-game.


Match Preview: Tottenham vs KAA Gent

Tottenham host Belgian side KAA Gent in the second leg of the Europa League. After falling short away in Belgium, we go to Wembley looking to conquer a one-goal deficit. Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to progress to the next round of the tournament, after elaborating many times this is a competition on his mind. Obviously, winning the tournament will give us that prestigious Champions League spot, if we fail to reach the top four come the end of the season.


Team News

Tottenham are still without Danny Rose after his knock against Sunderland, with ligament damage in his knee. Ben Davies will look to replace the England international and prove his worth to Pochettino, showing he’s worthy of a starting role within the squad. In addition, Erik Lamela still seems to be recovering from his hip injury, which has sidelined the Argentine for the majority of the season. Mauricio added in his previous press conference that Lamela is making progress and is now working on the field, while his recovery will continue to be monitored.

Gent will welcome the presence of top goal scorer Kalifa Coulibaly, as the striker only featured in twenty minutes of action in the first leg. We will expect a more defensive approach as the away side look to protect their one goal margin.

Predicted XI’s

Tottenham- Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son; Kane

KAA Gent- Kalnic; Gigot, Mitrovic, Asare; Foket, Neto, Millicevic, Esiti, Saief; Kubo, Coulibaly

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 KAA Gent

It won’t be the prettiest, but I think the lads will get the win. Gent will set up defensive and look to compact the midfield, not allowing the likes of Eriksen and Alli space to operate. With the threat of Walker down the right-hand flank, I’m confident we’ll get the opener, then will have the momentum swinging in our favour to go on and win the match comfortably. We need to put the Wembley aspect beside us and give 100%, because if we play like we did in the first leg (or UCL) it will be a walk in the park for the Belgians.

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